Update: Kia Forte Recalled for Engine Fire Hazard
Kia is recalling the following vehicles whose engine compartments may catch fire when driving:
- 2011-2012-2015 Kia Forte
- 2011-2012-2015 Kia Forte Koup
- 2012-2013 Kia Sorento
- 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid
- 2014-2015 Kia Soul
- 2012 Kia Sportage
"An engine compartment fire increases the risk of injury," NHTSA said. Kia is notifying owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment, perform an engine test and make any repairs as necessary, free of charge.
This recall began on January 27, 2021.
What's the Problem?
Kia Motors America is recalling certain Kia Forte vehicles equipped with potentially defective driveshafts which could break during use, increasing the risk of a crash. This recall affects Kia Forte vehicles from model year 2019, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The left front axle driveshaft on affected Kias may not have been heat-treated, which can cause it to break, NHTSA said. A broken driveshaft can result in a sudden loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Kia is notifying owners and dealers will inspect the left front axle driveshaft for a heat treatment verification code, and replace it if the code is missing, free of charge.
This recall began on September 2, 2020.
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